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Homefront conquers UK sales charts

It'll take more than a little controversy and negative press to keep Homefront down. Despite tepid reviewsill-advised promo stunts, concerns over its subject mattercampaign length and PS3 performance, Kaos Studios' alternate reality FPS managed to rise above its oppressors and snag top spot in UK's sales charts.

According to UK retail analyst firm Chart Track, Homefront has ousted Dragon Age II as the bestselling multiformat title for the week ending March 19th, marking the first time its publisher THQ has landed in the coveted top spot since the release of UFC 2009.

The full top 10 was:

1 Homefront (360/PS3/PC)
2 Dragon Age II (360/PS3/PC)
3 Pokémon White (DS)
4 Total War: Shogun 2 (PC)
5  Pokémon Black (DS)
6 Fight Night Champion (360/PS3)
7 Just Dance 2 (Wii)
8 FIFA 11 (PS2/Wii/360/PS3/PC/DS/PSP)
9 Killzone 3 (PS3)
10 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (360/PS3/PC)

Homefront's strong debut was due in large part to Xbox 360 rebels who accounted for 70% of the total sales, followed by PS3 fraggers at 26% and PC run-and-clickers at 4%.

Stateside, THQ's new IP appears to be faring equally well. Last week, Homefront sold over 375,000 copies on the first day of its North American launch. Prior to that,  the publisher's VP of Core Games Danny Bilson declared Homefront had become THQ's most pre-ordered title yet.

The Homefront hype train has been chugging along for some time now, so to sell like gangbusters on its first week may be more of a victory for THQ's marketing department than anything else. Now that critics and players have had a chance to actually spend time with the title (and not just its trailers, dev diaries, making-of videos, etc.), the true test of Homefront's mettle will be if it can hold its position.

[Source: Metro]

Mar 21, 2011

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4 comments

  • e1337prodigy - March 22, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    it's because it has been advertised on tv here in the UK. the last game to be advertised on tv was cod blops and look how well that sold (but that was mainly because of the name).
  • mahabat - March 22, 2011 3:28 a.m.

    kinda strange that it took off so well in the UK if you ask me, the game is designed to inspire Americans to be angry about their homes being invaded. not UK, maybe i missed something though.
  • odis - March 22, 2011 2:35 a.m.

    I Pre- ordered this game in the last week of December of 2010. Waited two and a half months to play the game. I got to play 10 minuets of on line play. Went back on wendsday the 16th of march to play. It froze my XBox. I havent been able to play since. Go to WWW.defend yourhomefront.com click on Forums, then click XBox to see how many happy customers there are.
  • Sy87 - March 22, 2011 12:51 a.m.

    You know they would pick it up. A game about the U.S. being occupied you know they love it just by its pitch.

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